Each garden weaves a new story. The garden where I was born, had roses that bloomed between thorns. There was a garden where Sita waited to be rescued, chaste, hoping she remained unraped. Why? Did she not know of Kali who killed demons when men failed? Could Kali ever be made unchaste by the fear of rape? In that garden, Sita waited for the man who worshipped Durga to win a war...
(Published in Countercurrent, 7.3.2020)
Marginalised? Who said we are marginalised?
We are humans walking side by side.
Women, Men and Children
Dalits, Tribals and the Abused —
Who said we are different?
Who said that Woman is born of Man’s rib?
Who said caste is by God writ?
Who said women cannot enter temples or mosques?
Who said Menstruation and Widowhood are both to be abhorred?
Who made these rules?
Did Durga menstruate? Did Kali?
Did Mary have a husband before she conceived Christ?
Who created religions and rites?
Who made castes and border lines?
Who created these and why?
Radcliffe for Manchester Mills drew a line
that split homes, created the Great Divide
Corpses without heads rolling on trains of death
Zombies looking for blood
Zombies rising out of the death of love
Zombies that cannot tolerate
Zombies that hate—
They no longer think
Kill for Cows,
Kill for Country,
Kill for Dowry,
Kill for Concealing Rape,
Kill in the name of Different Gods.
Who made these different Gods?
Who? Who? Who?
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